The worst season in NBA history is in the books, and it’s time to look at the players who made it all possible.
In the coming days I’ll take a look at every single Bobcats player (and I mean every single one), grade their season, and take a look into their future.
The other day I looked at Cory Higgins’ (sub-par, but better-than-terrible) season. Today, it’s Eduardo Najera’s turn.
F’s are always harsh, no matter what they’re next too. But offense is not Najera’s game, so it’s not much of an indictment against him. It’s like a journalism major getting a bad grade in his math class. When is he ever going to need to know anything more than basic algebra when writing about breaking news and or grading players on the worst team in the history of basketball. Not naming any names or getting personal, but math can go punch itself in the face.
Back to the man of the hour, though.
Najera averaged less than eight points, dished out less than two assists and shot 50 percent from the free-throw line per 36 minutes this season.
His field goal percentage was also 11 points lower than his career average.
At first look, his stats didn’t look that impressive. Then I remembered he played on the Bobcats, and they didn’t seem so bad.
His defensive rating of 105 was actually on the low end of Bobcats d-ratings.
He grabbed 17 percent of available defensive rebounds while he was on the floor.
He had a career high in steal percentage (percent of opponent possessions that ended in a steal), a small, but positive defensive win share (wins contributed by a player due to his defense) and averaged 2.5 steals per 36 minutes.
This is where Najera shines.
In 2012, he averaged almost eight rebounds per 36 minutes of play, turned the ball over less than nine times in 100 possessions and had a win share per 48 (wins contributed by a player per 48 minutes of play) of .35 (not that high, but better than a lot of Bobcats).
The guy was always on the floor, always fighting for the ball, and always putting his body on the line for the sake of the team; He averaged almost six fouls per 36 minutes of play.
Najera is an unrestricted free agent this off season, and I don’t think Charlotte is going to try to resign him. But they should, if they can get him at the right price, for the right amount of years… Like two years, at no more than one million a season.
He’s been with five different teams in 12 seasons, so he might not want to move around anymore.
If the Bobcats can’t get him at that price (if they try to get him back at all), he’ll be somewhere else next season, but I’ll always remember him. Mostly for stuff like this: